- (12/09) Oxford American Magazine features Fern Jones as a "Southern Master" in their 11th annual Southern Music issue. More...
Anita Garner is the winner of the John Steinbeck Short Story Award for her story, "Hank Williams Was A Friend Of Mine." Describing the winning entry, contest judge and best-selling author, Michelle Richmond, says:
"A family from Arkansas travels to California to visit relatives for Christmas in 1952, leaving the patriarch and preacher back home to tend to his congregation. Crisis comes in the form of a startling death, which leaves the family wondering about the fate of the deceased's soul. Anita Garner has created an affecting portrait of a Southern family, full of robust characters whose desires don't always match up. Garner's story touches beautifully on our culture of iconography, whereby people we've never met become deeply embedded in our personal history."
- (12/19/05) Country Music Television reviewer Craig Shelburne includes "The Glory Road" on his list of "A Dozen Albums You Might Have Missed in 2005". More...
- (12/12/05) "Johnny Cash film revives a gospel classic with Marin ties", published in the Marin (CA) Independent Journal. Read the article here.
- (12/5/05) Fern Jones's CD is reviewed on NPR's "All Things Considered". Hear the segment here.
- (11/18/05) Sister Fern's song I Was There When It Happened, sung by Joaquin Phoenix, can be heard in Walk the Line, the new Johnny Cash biography starring Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon.
- (11/13/05) Dan Miller, who plays Johnny Cash's backing guitarist Luther Perkins in the upcoming film Walk the Line, talks about Fern Jones's song I Was There When It Happened and other Cash favorites in an interview in the Detroit Free Press. Read it here.
- (9/1/05) Anita is awarded a Marin Arts Council Individual Artists Grant in the Prose category, for her story, "Hank Williams Was A Friend Of Mine"